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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
34 Satellite
Hideaway Music

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This pop-lite schmaltz comes out of Colorado, from a guy that lives in a geodesic dome and who cites his mother as one of his biggest influences. I could go on at length about this patchouli-oedipal connection, I mean, goddamn, this motherfucker even wrote his own press release wherein he notifies the world that he is a prolific writer, with influences as far-ranging as the stars and the clouds, the 2 miles of "isolated space" surrounding his home, and his dogs Maggie and Brown Dog.

Even if it is a bunch of bullshit, which it isn't I bet, (the geodesic dome part that is, and besides, who would want to make themselves sound so new age - is new age in?), this guy's attempt to introduce himself to the world qualifies as the most self-absorbed blather I've heard all day. And I'll have you know that I flip through a lot of press releases on some days.

About the music, here's a lyric sample: "It's a great big world/ go find someone to talk to". Most of the songs on this album are upbeat, driving, in a trite, cliched way, surprisingly well-produced, very competently poppy, very influenced, sort of shoegazer-ish at times, and always a half-step away from something you've already heard, like, the influences are worn on the sleeve in a way that makes the original substance that comes through seem even more insubstantial, or at least derivative.

Another sample lyric - "It's hard when it hurts", as sung through vocal filters and put on repeat. 34 Satellite, man, what else can I say, if you're into Strange Folk, you might want to listen to this when you want a pop taste, for a change, but if you're into hearing new things, you'll be repelled instantly as soon as these sugar coated, ready-made TV commercial-esque jangles reach you eardrums.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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